I Can Only Imagine (David Guetta song)

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"I Can Only Imagine"
Single by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne
from the album Nothing but the Beat
ReleasedApril 28, 2012 (2012-04-28)
FormatCD single, Digital download
RecordedParis, France
(Gum Prod Studio, Catfield Studio)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(Piano Music Studio)
Ibiza, Spain
(Can Rocas Studio)
Naples, Italy
(Test Pressing Studios)
GenreDance-pop, synthpop, hip house
Length3:29
LabelVirgin, EMI
Writer(s)Christopher Brown, Dwayne Carter, Jacob Luttrell, Nasri Atweh, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Frédéric Riesterer
Producer(s)David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer, Black Raw
David Guetta singles chronology
" The Alphabeat"
(2012)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"LaserLight"
(2012)
Chris Brown chronology
"Till I Die"
(2012)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"Put It Down"
(2012)
Lil Wayne chronology
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
(2011)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"My Homies Still"
(2012)
 
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"I Can Only Imagine"
Single by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne
from the album Nothing but the Beat
ReleasedApril 28, 2012 (2012-04-28)
FormatCD single, Digital download
RecordedParis, France
(Gum Prod Studio, Catfield Studio)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(Piano Music Studio)
Ibiza, Spain
(Can Rocas Studio)
Naples, Italy
(Test Pressing Studios)
GenreDance-pop, synthpop, hip house
Length3:29
LabelVirgin, EMI
Writer(s)Christopher Brown, Dwayne Carter, Jacob Luttrell, Nasri Atweh, David Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, Frédéric Riesterer
Producer(s)David Guetta, Frédéric Riesterer, Black Raw
David Guetta singles chronology
" The Alphabeat"
(2012)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"LaserLight"
(2012)
Chris Brown chronology
"Till I Die"
(2012)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"Put It Down"
(2012)
Lil Wayne chronology
"HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"
(2011)
"I Can Only Imagine"
(2012)
"My Homies Still"
(2012)

"I Can Only Imagine" is a song performed by French DJ David Guetta, featuring vocals from American singer Chris Brown and rapper Lil Wayne, from Guetta's fifth studio album Nothing but the Beat. It was released as the sixth single from the album on April 23, 2012.[1] Prior to its official release, the song charted in the lower regions of the charts in Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Guetta, Brown and Wayne performed the song live for the first time at the 54th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012.

The video was filmed on May 29, 2012, and premiered on July 2, 2012. It was directed by Colin Tilley. Guetta said how the video focuses more on futuristic images rather than on a plot as some of Guetta's other videos played out. It first opens up with Guetta walking into a room, and Brown appears in a mask as his eyes light up. As Brown starts singing in another scene, he is in a light-up suit. As the chorus plays, Brown is seen in a zero-gravity room. Guetta also then seen in the zero-gravity room. Wayne then is seen with a skateboard with a few other skateboarders in the background. Wayne is also located in another futuristic room. Brown is then seen in another room with a lit-up floor as he dances while he sings the chorus. Five other dancers join Brown.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Can Only Imagine" (Live at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards) – 3:09
  1. "I Can Only Imagine" (David Guetta & Daddy's Groove Remix) – 5:50
  2. "I Can Only Imagine" (R3hab Remix) – 4:43
  3. "I Can Only Imagine" (Extended Mix) – 5:31
  1. "I Can Only Imagine" - 3:29
  1. "I Can Only Imagine" - 3:29
  2. "I Can Only Imagine" (David Guetta & Daddy's Groove Remix) – 5:50
  3. "I Can Only Imagine" (R3hab Remix) – 4:43
  4. "I Can Only Imagine" (Extended Mix) – 5:31
  5. "I Can Only Imagine" (Instrumental) - 3:29

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011–12)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6]47
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7]17
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8]7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9]1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10]35
Czech Republic (IFPI)[11]46
France (SNEP)[12]40
Germany (Media Control AG)[13]32
Hungary (Single Top 20)[14]2
Ireland (IRMA)[15]18
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[16]98
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17]28
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[18]36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19]15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20]18
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[21]2
US Billboard Hot 100[22]44
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[23]20
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[24]10

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[25]Gold35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

RegionDateFormat
United States[2]February 13, 2012Digital download — Live at the 54th Grammy Awards
Worldwide[3]April 23, 2012Digital downloadBeatport exclusive
Australia[26]May 2, 2012Digital download
Austria[27]
Belgium[28]
Finland[29]
Germany[30]
Italy[31]
Japan[32]
Netherlands[33]
New Zealand[34]
Norway[35]
Switzerland[36]
United States[37]August 7, 2012Mainstream airplay

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "I Can Only Imagine [What A Music]". Beatport. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
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  7. ^ "David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne – I Can Only Imagine – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  10. ^ "David Guetta Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for David Guetta.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201241 into search.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne – I Can Only Imagine" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne, I Can Only Imagine" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
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  18. ^ "Official Romania chart". Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ "David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne – I Can Only Imagine – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Dance Chart.
  22. ^ "David Guetta Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for David Guetta.
  23. ^ "David Guetta Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for David Guetta.
  24. ^ "David Guetta Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for David Guetta.
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  37. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/top40-mainstream/future-releases

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